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We have a tremendous haul of prizes for his years Charity Ball.  Our silent auction items include:

Weekend in an F-Type Jaguar

Champagne reception at Christie’s Auction house

A wine tasting from Chabrol Wines Overtoom

House Make Over Consultation from A Lifestyle 4 All

An a wonderful picture create by our very own John Richardson

Our fabulous raffle prizes consist of:

Meals at

NH – Barbizon’s – Vermeer, Okura’s – Serre, Pulitzer’s Jansz, Wyndham Apollo’s – Harbour Club Kitchen, Cantinetta Wine & Pasta, Dragons Delight and Greenwoods

Entertainment from:

Amsterdam Eating Tours, Amsterdam Magic Show, Boom Chicago & Mike’s Badhuis Theatre

Other great prizes from:

Anglo Info, Benjamin Arthur Photography, Blacktower Financial Management, Best Kept Secrets, ML gifts & Vettica, American Book Center (ABC)

Even our Charity Voedselbank chips in with a few prizes.

There are so many prizes this year that you will have a 1/3 chance to win something.

If you did not get a ticket for this year look at all those great prizes you are missing out on!!

If you are going to the ball make sure you bring plenty of 10’s for the raffle as we will run it differently this year.  Why not make yourself feel better this Christmas and give generously to help out those who will be less forunate.

Christmas Ball Charity – Voedselbank Amsterdam

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The Voedselbank Amsterdam is the chosen Charity for the Christmas Ball this year.  Below we give some information on their great work.  What other reasons do you need to buy a ticket for the Christmas Ball?

Buy your Charity Ball tickets here.

Voedselbank Amsterdam’s goal is to give direct food aid to people in poverty. We fight poverty, reduce food surplus and lessen the environmental burden. Stichting Voedselbank Amsterdam functions as the link between food surplus on the one hand and poverty on the other.

What does De Voedselbank do and for whom?


  • Acquire and distribute food for people with little money
  • Reduce food surplus

For whom?

  • People who can spend a maximum of 180 EUROS pm.
  • Amsterdam: 1700 families, 4236 persons
  • State Noord Holland: 5000 families


  • 8 regional distrubutioncenters
  • 162 foodbanks in The Netherlands
  • 14 distributionpoints in Amsterdam

How does de Voedselbank acquire food?


  • Manufacturers: supermarkets, wholesalers, farmers,

We work with the special index of NVWA (Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority)

  • Voedselbrigade Amsterdam
  • Co-operation Instock, Soupalicious and Manna Foundation

School and company actions

  • Young people and employees collect staple ingredients such as pasta, rice and dried pulses


  • Supermarket actions
  • Bring food to distrubtion points

What can you do to help?

Become a volunteer!


See for vacancies our website

If you want to help “one-time” see our website (activiteiten kalender) or

The costs of one food package for a family is 3, 50 euro. We need the money for buses, gasoline, insurance, rent, our cold store etc.


With your help we hope to raise some money to help these families have a great Christmas this year.

Father’s Day Family Charity Concert

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The Tara Bodong Foundation presents:

A family charity concert to celebrate Father’s Day

Sunday 19 June 2016


Yoshimi Kawai

Yoshimi Kawai

Featuring Pianist, Yoshimi Kawai who will be playing pieces from our favourite films … Handel,Mozart, Beethoven,Schubert, Chopin,Debussy and more.

After successful appearances in Europe, Yoshimi gave an outstanding performance at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam last November, where she shared the stage with internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Tempei Nakamura. She recently released her first CD entitled: Heart to Heart

– Passage of Life



Also performing will be Claire Wirtjesfrom Kinderen voor Kinderen.

Come and toast all fathers at our special Roland Vizeneux champagne bar. Forms will also be on hand for you to order your personal stock.

Available: Refreshments, including fresh strawberries and cakes on sale, Tara Bodong stall with new scarves and  other merchandise.

There will be a complimentary  babysitting service  for children 4 – 10 yrs old.


Your contributions will help us complete our girls’ school in NE India. We need your support!

Tara Bodong is pleased to host this special concert at the newly renovated Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (MCO)

– the first recording studio in the Netherlands and where music greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson commanded the mike.


Date: Sunday 19 June 2016 at 14:00 – 15:30 (doors open at 13:30)

Venue: Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (MCO) Heuvellaan  33, 1217  J L Hilversum

Cost: €15,00 (children under 10 years free)


Tickets online:


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Kings (of Rock and Roll) Day

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by Mike Hayes
On Koningsdag I’ll be performing the music of the Koning of Rock’n’Roll,
yes the Pelvis. At the same time, I hope to collect some euros for the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) who did their best to help my daughter.

Times they are a Changin’

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“Times they are a Changin’”

By Jane Walmsley


In the words of the 60’s music genius Bob Dylan, ‘Times they are a changing…’ and at the Britsoc things constantly change too.

In the last couple of years we have moved our magazine from paper to digital, our booking system for events from email to web based, and we’ve been making our events more accessible to members and non-members alike.

So, for one of this year’s flagship events, the ‘Iconic Britain’ Ball in December, we have decided to try something different.  In previous years, the price of a ticket has been dependant on whether you were a member or not; this year we’d like to make it easier for everyone to come along to the party so the price will be set by how soon you book your tickets.

If you book your ticket early you will pay less; it really is as simple as that.

Tickets go on sale on the 15th September, and from then until 30th September all tickets are priced at €100 per person.  Included in this price is a cocktail hour, a three course dinner with wine, tea or coffee, a midnight snack and dancing until the small hours with our DJ.

From 1st October until the 15th November, the tickets will be priced at €110 per person, and from 16th November until the cut off day of 5th December, the price will be €120 per person.

But, it gets better ……………. If, at any time, you can gather together 9 of your favourite companions for a night of good food, wine and dancing then we will offer a discount of 10% for a complete table of ten that is paid for in its entirety at the time of booking.   That means for a table of 10 booked before the end of September for example, instead of paying €1 000 you will pay €900.

This event is limited to only 120 guests and our discount for ‘a table of 10’ is only valid while we still have complete tables to offer.  We are happy to say that interest is building and we have received enquiries for at least 6 tables so far.

We will, of course, still be welcoming couples, groups and singles to come along and join the party.

So don’t delay, find some friends, and join us for one of the most fun events of the year.

First Early Bird Tickets
First early bird tickets go on sale on 15th Sept
It's party time
Sneak peak early bird discounts and charity details.

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